PBC0127: anxiety from war
PBC 127 expresses pro-revolutionary, non-Bolshevik writers’ anxiety about the immediate and lasting consequences of the Great War that engulfed Europe and the Civil War that ripped Russia apart in the ensuing years. The continental conflict leaves inhabitants “living for three years in a bloody nightmare,” seen as “Europe’s suicide” (W223). Though the worst parts of these wars have already passed, the effects linger on. As one example of PBC 127 observes, “the lowering shadow torments all of Rus’ and the whole world,” longing joy and peace (W391).